Category Archives: Andhara Pradesh

Andhara Pradesh tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Nagalapuram Falls, Nagalapuram Trekking Package, Nagalapuram Temple

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Nagalapuram falls are a group of small beautiful falls in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. There are four small falls cum pools at Nagalapuram.

Nagalapuram fallsNagalapuram falls

Nagalapuram Water falls are easily accessible by trekking some distance. You need to walk some distance along the stream side to reach the falls. You can hear sound of the fall waters from a distance.

Nagalapuram trekking packages are very popular. Local guides are there to help you. An ideal landmark for the local guides to pick up the trekkers is the small Dam at Pichattur. They may take you by tractors up to the water stream, for a fee. From there, you need to trek. The trekking route is along the water stream, on your left. You can trek without much difficulty, up to the second pool. There is a small rock to climb, having a height of 7 or 8 feet or so. There are steps to climb this rock. After the second pool, trekking becomes little bit difficult. It is advisable only for an experienced trekker.

Its an ideal weekend getaway place for the Chennaites, especially for the bachelors. They can go on their bikes and enjoy trip. Its advisable to go in groups. There are no shops on the trekking route to the falls. Please buy sufficient water and snacks in advance.

Nagalapuram town was built by Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire, in memory of his mother Nagala Devi.

Nagalapuram Temple

Nagalapuram town has the famous Vishnu temple, Vedanarayana Temple. The deity here is in the form of Matsya (Fish in English). Fish was the first among the ten avatars (or incarnation in English). i.e. Fish was the first incarnation among the ten incarnations Lord Vishnu has taken. The 10 incarnations are called Dasavatara. Vedanarayana temple is built in the Vijayanagar style of architecture. The specialty of the Nagalapuram temple architecture is that during the three day temple festival, sun rays falls on the main deity’s fore head, navel and feet.

How Do I Go to Nagalapuram Falls?

Nagalapuram falls is situated in Arai Village. If you are coming from Tirupathi, travel 23 kilometers towards Uthukottai. Take left at Pichatur town and head towards Pichatur Dam. From Pichatur Dam, Arai village where is the falls is situated, is at around 8 kilometers distance.

If you are coming from Chennai, Pichatur town is at around 20 kilometers distance, after crossing Uthukottai town. Take Right at Pichatur and go towards the Pichatur dam and then to Arai village.

Puttur railway station is the nearest railway station, at 37 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls. Ekambarakuppam railway station (station code EKM) is at 39 kilometers from the falls cum ponds at Nagalapuram. Nagari railway station with station code NG, is another railway station at around 40 kilometers distance. Renigunta Junction railway station (near Tirupathi) is at around 61 kilometers distance from the falls at Nagalapuram.

Tirupati town is at around 70 kilometers from Nagalapuram town. Uttukkottai is at around 40 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Chennai is at around 90 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Bengaluru is at 280 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls (Bangalore is the older name of the city of Bengaluru) .

Kone Falls

Kailasakona waterfalls or Kone falls is another beautiful falls, on the Uthukottai – Tirupathi Road, at around 34 kilometers away from Utukkottai Town (towards Puttur; 10 kilometers ahead of Puttur). Uthukottai is a small town spread over the two states of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, on the inter-state border.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Spot-billed Pelicans

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located at Nelapattu, a small village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state in India.

Spot-Billed Pelicans at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
Spot-Billed Pelicans at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 458.92 hectares. The sanctuary is known for pelican breeding, especially the Spot-billed pelican breeding. 187 species of birds are found in this sanctuary, out of which around 50 species are migratory bird species.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is also the breeding site for white ibis, night heron, openbill stork, little cormorant, etc. This sanctuary is home for some of the rarest avian species.

Nelapattu Sanctuary has an environmental education center, a museum and a library, for those interested in knowing more about the Sanctuary and its birds.

How Do I Go to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary at Nelapattu is at around 80 kilometers from Nellore town, the headquarters of the district where the sanctuary is situated.

Sullurpeta railway station is the nearest railway station to the Bird sanctuary, at around 50 kilometers distance. Chennai International airport is the nearest airport, at around 100 kilometers distance from the Bird Sanctuary at Nelapattu. Nelapattu sanctuary for birds is well connected by bus services to nearby cities and towns.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary?

The ideal time to visit the Bird sanctuary at Nelapattu, is from October to March when the weather turns pleasant. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is open from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Kurnool Fort

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort is a historic site at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Kurnool Fort  alias Konda Reddy Fort
Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort or Konda Reddy Buruju.

Kurnool Fort is also known as Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort. The fort construction was started in 1530 and was completed by 1542. This historical place is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Achyutaraya, the Vijayanagar ruler built this historic site.

There are many gateways and bastions for the fort at Kurnool. Gateways of the fort were constructed during in the 17th century by Vijaynagar emperor Gopal Raja. The fort got its name from the last ruler of Alampur, Konda Reddy who lost his kingdom to Golconda Nawabs.

Kurnool fort has three levels; the first and second floors are open to public while the ground floor is closed to public.

How Do I Go to Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort?

Kurnool is well connected by roads to other parts of the state and to the rest of the country. There are frequent buses from different cities of Andhra Pradesh state and nearby Telunga state to Kurnool.

Kurnool Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 2 kilometers from the fort.

Alampur is at around 24 kilometers distance from the Konda Reddy Buruju alias Konda Reddy Fort.

Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport at a distance of around 200 kilometers away. Tirupati airport is at around 280 kilometers away. There is a planned greenfield airport on 1110 acres of land, to come up at Orvakal, at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Kurnool city.

Kurnool Fort Timings

The Fort is open to the public from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Royal Bengal Tigers, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Fort Ruins

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Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.

Papikonda National Park, Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Safari Ride, River Trips

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 3 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari
Papikonda National Park and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary view from river Godavari.

Papikonda national park and wildlife sanctuary is situated in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh state and Khammam district in Telangana state.

Papikonda wild life sanctuary & national park spread over 1000 square kilometers, is home to Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, spotted deer, sambar, bison, etc. The Bengal tiger is an Indian Tiger species and India’s national animal. Wild water buffaloes were seen till the 80’s; now they seems to be extinct from these areas.

The National park is situated along the right & left a banks of the river Godavari. The sight of River Godaveri meandering through the Gorges and deep forests in the National park will make you spellbound. There is a Museum and Environmental education center inside the national park. Safari ride and river trips are major activities for the tourists.

The kingdom of the Apes described in the Great epic of Ramayana (known as Kishkinda in Ramayana) is located here in this park. Sita was brought back from Lanka to this area with the help of locals here.

How Do I Go To Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary or Papikonda National Park?

Rajahmundry is the nearest major city to Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park. Rajahmundry railway station is located on the main Chennai – Delhi / Kolkotta route. Rajahmundry airport is the nearest airport to the national park and wildlife sanctuary. Visakhapatnam airport is at around 100 kilometers from the Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khammam is another nearby town to the national park. Warangal , and Suryapet are other major towns to the national park.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit the Papikonda National Park?

October to May are the Ideal months to visit Papikonda National park.

Hotels near Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary and Papikonda National Park

Rajahmundry, Kannapuram and Maredumilli towns has government Forest rest houses for tourists. There are many hotels in the nearby towns of Rajahmundry, Warangal, Suryapet, etc.

Padmavathi Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam

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Padmavathi Temple is a temple at Tiruchanur, at 5 kilometers from the world famous temple town of Tirupathi. This temple is. dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi alias Alamelumanga, consort of Lord Venkateswara, the deity at Tirupathi temple. Padmavathi temple is under the administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Padmavathi Temple
Padmavathi Temple near Tirupathi.

Goddess Lakshmi’s incarnation of Padmavathi is the main deity here. Godess Padmavathi is manifested in Padmasarovaram, the temple tank, in the form of golden Lotus flower, on the day ‘Sukla Paksha Panchami’ during the local month of Kartheeka.

Some of the other temples inside the temple complex are Sri Sundararaja Swamy Temple which is believed to be built in the 16th century & Sri Krishna Swamy Temple, believed to be built in 1221 AD. On the opposite side of the Temple Tank of Padmavathi temple, there is another temple dedicated to Lord Suryanarayana.

How Do I Go to Padmavathi Temple?

The famous Padmavathi temple is situated at Tiruchanoor alias as Tiruchanur town. This town is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Tirupathi town, the town on the foothills of the famous Tirumala Venkateswara Temple alias Tirupathi temple. Tirupathi is well connect by roads to other parts of the country. ‘Tirupati railway station’ is the nearest railway station. ‘Renigunta Junction railway station’ is the nearest major railway junction, which is situated close to Tirupathi, at around 10 kilometers distance. Tirupati Airport is the nearest airport to all these Temples, at 14 kilometers distance from Tirupathi town. Nearby international airports are at Chennai and Bangalore. Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state is at a distance of around 550 kilometers away.